For Pa. performances, the envelope please...
Now that the Oscars are awarded, its time to single out Pennsylvanias best political performers.
HOLLYWOOD'S HAD its Oscars. Time for Pennsylvania's Pennies.
Not the coins, the annual awards named for the founder.
And the winners are:
* BEST PICTURE: "The Kane Mutiny"
The scintillating saga of a woman under sail to political glory before her course is drastically altered by a sting case, Jerry Sandusky, Dick Sprague, porn, possible criminal charges, talk of impeachment and leaks threatening to sink her ship.
This Pennie winner easily beat out "Boyhood," the tender tale told over time of a young Rob McCord growing up poor without any meat, which drives him to a life of crime in search of his political chops.
* BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Tom Wolf
His deft portrayal of an earnest small-town biz guy whose sole interest is in doing good won the hearts of a whole state and made him a ballot-box-office hit in the Frank Capra-esque classic "Mr. Wolf Goes to Harrisburg."
Wolf easily bested veteran actor Tom Corbett, also nominated in this category for his deadpan depiction of a politician who could win re-election.
(Wolf now is cast in the 2015 big-budget blockbuster "Time for Taxes, Y'all.")
* BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Kathleen Kane
The ingenue performer and star of "The Kane Mutiny" brought a sea change to politics playing a woman whose career's going overboard unless she can prove she's victim of an "old boys" network conspiring to get her.
Viewers delighted as she crossed swords with judges and prosecutors, hired defenders, came back from a crack on the head, filed for divorce, hired more defenders and generally made big waves in this breakout role.
* BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Scott Wagner
The wealthy, conservative York County Republican state senator, who runs trucking and trash firms, was outstanding as a back-of-the-room ruffian in the indie film "Suck it, Wolfie, We're in Charge."
Wagner played a noisome newcomer whose support, including financial, expanded GOP control of the Senate and helped oust moderate leader Dominic Pileggi.
And Wagner delivered memorable lines: comparing union leaders to Hitler, saying he'll rule the Senate "with a baseball bat" and predicting that under Gov. Wolf "nothing will get done in the next four years."
* BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Katie McGinty
In her classic campaign iPhone film, "10 kids, 1 bathroom," she played a serious candidate for governor who grew up in a big Philly family short on resources. And during the primary she virtually supported eventual winner Wolf by not attacking him as other contenders did.
Her performance was rewarded when Wolf named her his chief of staff and paid off her campaign debt.
* BEST DIRECTOR: Ron Castille
The former state Supreme Court chief deftly directed the downfall of his long-despised fellow Philadelphian, the character actor Shame-us McCaffery, after the latter was caught in a porn trade. And Castille directed the probe of Attorney General Kane by appointing a special prosecutor to look into grand-jury leaks, an issue now before the court that Castille once ran.
He grabs a Pennie for outstanding direction in both "I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka" and "Gone Girl."
* BEST ANIMATED SHORT: John Morganelli
No one has been more animated than the diminutive Northampton County district attorney. (Hey, it's not a slight: I'm short, too.) He offered op-ed pieces trashing the state bar on judicial recommendations, hammering Wolf's death-penalty moratorium and weighing in on the Kane probe.
Morganelli, a Democrat who lost a bid for attorney general in 2008, just might be getting ready to cast himself in a rerun come next year.
* LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Ed Rendell
For a career of entertaining roles as uber-campaigner, foodie, D.A., mayor, governor, national Democratic boss, Philly sports fan, rainmaker, TV pundit, hound dog and all-around Pennsylvania institution, Eddie, this Pennie's for you.